Hot Prospect Rankings - 4/14/06

It's been a lot of pitching and not so much hitting this year so far on the farm...but who is going to take our top spot?

Name (Previous Rank)
1 Dan Griffin (9) 5 Shutout innings with 6 K's and no walks opened some eyes in his SAL debut. Though he lost his second start Thursday and went only 3 innings, he still looks like the next big thing.
2 Brian Horwitz (6) The hot hitter remains that way. After a 3 for 5 day in a Thursday DH, Horwitz is batting .429, tied for 2nd in the California league.
3 Eddy Martinez-Esteve (8) EME is hitting .346 with 5 doubles, and has played regularly in the outfield, which is allaying concerns of his health.
4 Nate Schierholtz (1) While Nate hasn't followed up on his home run in his first at bat, he's come out of a mini-slump and is still one of Connecticut's most important players.
5 Chris Begg (11) That team formerly known as Norwich has one of the best pitching staffs in the league, and Begg's 0.64 ERA through 2 starts is a big reason why. 9 K's against 1 walk in 14 innings asks why he's not starting in Fresno.
6 Nick Pereira (NR) Pereira becomes the first player to climb into the list, thanks to an eye opening 1 hit, 6 inning performance for his first appearance in San Jose.
7 Brian Wilson (NR) Wilson has been nearly shutdown perfect in Fresno's bullpen, and is one of the only bright spots on the team. In 4 games, he hasn't allowed a run and just 1 hit.
8 Merkin Valdez (1) Merkin drops a bit with an up and down week. He's allowed 3 runs (only 1 earned), but blew his first save on Thursday.
9 Jonathan Sanchez (10) That's a 0.00 ERA,b ut he did let 3 unearned runs across the plate. On the other hand, he only gave up 2 hits and a walk against 4 strikeouts. Let's see what's next.
10 Travis Ishikawa (7) Ishikawa's got a team-leading .348 average, but took until Thursday to hit his first extra base hits (2 doubles), and still has no walks. Still, it's early and he's not exactly doing badly.
11 Kevin Frandsen (4) A slow start hurt him, but he's come back big recently, up to .290 with a triple that tied Thursday's game against Tucson and setting up the go-ahead run (for however brief it lasted).
12 Fred Lewis (5) Lewis' start had been one of the only bright parts of Fresno's horrid start, batting .308 with a home run, but a hamstring injury cooled that. Also, he's playing left field, which isn't a good sign on a team with a corner guy holding down center.
13 Garrett Broshuis (NR) San Jose's top starter in 2005 gave up a run in 6 innings, but also allowed just two hits and a walk, and is part of a potentially dominating AA rotation.
14 Brad Hennessey (NR) Sure, he's allowed 9 runs, but 6 are unearned. A strong 2nd start gets him back on the list, and gives hope that his spring struggles are ending.
15 Alfredo Simon (NR) Simon gets the last ranking, after a not-so-hot start (3 runs, 2 earned, in 4.1 innings) but an amazing 8 strikeouts and 1 walk, which makes one interested in seeing what happens next.

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